CWRU nursing school named PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for fifth time
For the fifth time in the last 20 years, Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has been recognized as a leader in global home health care by the Pan American Health (PAHO) and World Health (WHO) organizations.
The nursing school also received the designation as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Home Care Nursing in 1993, 2001, 2005 and 2009.
“I would like to express my appreciation for your past contribution, and I look forward to our continuing successful collaboration,” Carissa F. Etienne, MD, WHO’s Director-General , wrote in a congratulatory letter to nursing school Dean Mary Kerr.
The Case Western Reserve collaborating center is recognized for achievement in three functions: strengthening the development of nursing professionals and other health care workers in home health care; developing educational programs for nurses; and promoting and conducting research in home care internationally.
As the nursing school’s “Head of Center,” Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean of academic affairs and Independence Foundation Professor, shares the school’s research globally, expanding best practices and training for home health care nurses.
The nursing school has contributed much to the field of global nursing over the last 20 years. Milestones include:
Hosting the first conference for the International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO) in June 2013 in which 65 nurses from 10 countries attended. The school’s WHO Center is assisting with plans for the second IHCNO conference, set for Singapore next year.
On-site training of more than 100 home care nurses from South Korea in groups of about 20 per visit. Custom-designed programs included visits to local hospitals, nursing homes, hospice organizations and homes to watch and learn how home health care is delivered in the United States.
Co-sponsoring home care conferences in Italy and South Korea.
Contributing to WHO’s program for home-based care for pandemic flu.
Teaching health care workers in the Caribbean in a “train the trainer” approach to healthy aging.
Placing two alumni on WHO projects in the organization’s Geneva, Switzerland, headquarters. One addressed the worldwide nursing shortage; the other served as a technical advisor for nursing and midwifery.